by David Sheff
“Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction” is a stunningly written book, an intense and emotional memoir of a father’s struggle to deal with his brilliant, charismatic, and caring son’s addiction to methamphetamine. David Sheff is the author of this powerful and amazing book. David Sheff’s writing is painful, educational and incredibly revealing. David Sheff is a courageous man. Beautiful Boy is a great read, a horror story, and great reference material. Beautiful Boy unfurls a father’s journey to understanding that the greatest love he can offer his drug-addicted son, and himself, is though letting go of all that he believes is essential to being a father.
How do we live with our children’s terrible decisions? How to we love our kids and hate what they do to themselves and to us? How do you love someone unconditionally yet find that they don’t love you the same way? And what if, despite being the best parent you knew how to be, your missteps have contributed to the devastation of those you love the most, those for whom you were entrusted to care? Any parent will find an emotion/reaction/behaviour to which they can relate in Beautiful Boy, even if your family is stable. This is a poignant story of a man who never gave up on his son, but had to learn how to love him differently in order to protect him. Finally, “Beautiful Boy” is an extremely powerful story of the tragic horrors of addiction.